It’s not just careers but internships can be unconventional too. Swetha Nichani looks at some offbeat opportunities.

Internships are a vital part of our growth. An opportunity directly related to one’s field of study or career interest, it is a way to gain valuable work experience before graduating, develop new skills and refine others, see how things work in reality and network with professionals. Here are some organisations that might help develop new perspectives.

Eco learning

Energy Alternatives India (EAI) promotes adoption of renewable energy and clean technology in India. Interns at EAI can choose between researching the market and industry; developing applications with a focus on the Internet; and sustainability. They can also be a part of the philanthropic Suseum (Sustainability Museum), which showcases sustainable living on a daily basis using products in the market, reaches out to children through workshops and teaches people to put waste to good use, inculcating the habits reuse, reduce and recycle. Here’s to eco-friendly living.

Reach them at recruit@eai.in

Notes of interest

WhatsTheScene? (WTS) is an initiative with the single-point aim of promoting live music in India and taking it closer to the masses through unbiased music journalism. WTS takes on a limited number of interns based on their skill set and the kind of experience they are looking for. Typically, internship plans are a mix of music concerts and festivals coverage (reviews/photography/videography), news reports, artist interviews, editing, marketing and PR activities, designing etc. with a focus on the intern’s core expertise. All this comes with high visibility, so opportunities open up when the work gets noticed.

Reach them at info@whatsthescene.com

Rendezvous with reptiles

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, or simply, Croc Bank, is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world and one of the oldest non-government environmental organisations in Asia. Croc Bank has several ongoing programmes in which they engage people interested in reptiles and conservation. Interns are encouraged to find a project they would like to work on and subjects could vary from education outreach to material development for projects to behaviour studies. Alternatively, the Croc Bank team may also send interns to ongoing projects that they may be interested in, provided they have the requisite skill set. Interns get a firsthand feel for reptile husbandry and biology and the programme encourages several youngsters to pursue careers in zoology and wildlife conservation.

Reach them at mcbtindia@gmail.com

Sharing knowledge

Bhumi is an independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations working with under-privileged children. Interns at Bhumi work on projects like art camps, craft, dance, music, theatre and storytelling; conduct science experiments and document these as videos so that students can view them in class, creating teaching learning material in the form of interactive games, ideate and create learning kits. Interns can also choose to become trainers for volunteers; they are trained by people with experience in the area and impart what they learn to the volunteers.

Reach out to Bhumi’s Princee Chaudhary at princee@bhumi.org.in

Virtually ahead

One Mind Group is an integrated marketing communication agency. Interns work on a wide array of things involving brand communication in both print and digital media right from content creation to engaging the audience: designing responsive websites that change according to a device’s needs and mobile application development too. The most intriguing area at One MG is the growing augmented reality scene — a live view of a real-world environment, the elements of which are augmented by computer-generated sensory inputs. They use virtual reality in which one’s actions partially determine what happens in the environment. Interns get to understand the work scene in reality and make their own portfolios of clients and briefs that can be showcased wherever they go.

Get in touch with Amrish Shyam of OneMG at amrish@onemg.co

Friends of trees

Nizhal aims to promote tree culture in urban areas, to create awareness of the role of trees, planting the right kind of trees and caring for trees, through collaborative efforts. Acting as an effective catalyst in greening urban areas, with a special focus on regenerating biodiversity, interns with Nizhal work on various issues centred on tree cover in areas, community participation in planting and tree care programmes, creating awareness using media, depending on the discipline they hail from. These opportunities enable them to grow, evolve into responsible, skilled individuals in terms of expertise, experience and communication.

Reach them at nizhal.shade@gmail.com

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